Circa 1910 T205 and T206 Tobacco-Card Collection (254)

Sold For: $6,463

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 193

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Impressive original-owner collection of 248 1910-era tobacco cards consisting of seventy-five T205 "Gold Borders," 173 T206 "White Borders," and six additional candy cards (five E95s and one E98). Included are twenty-six Hall of Famers (among them Cy Young and Christy Mathewson). 1) T205 Gold Borders (75 cards): Thirty-five cards range from Gd to Vg including Bresnahan (mouth closed, American Beauty); thirty-five cards range from Pr to Fr including Baker, Chase (frame extends), Gray (no stats), Marquard, Tinker (American Beauty), and Wheat (American Beauty); five cards are blank back (proofs/scraps): Crandall ("t" crossed), Dunn (minor leaguer), Dooin, Hoffman, and Lee (minor leaguer). Twenty-three cards have the unusual American Beauty advertisement. 2) T206 White Borders (173 cards): Eighty-five cards range from Gd to Vg (with a few Vg-Ex) including Clarke (bat), Dahlen (Bklyn), Gandil ("Black Sox," American Beauty), and Willis (throwing); eighty-eight cards range from Pr to Fr including Baker, Beckley, Collins (Phil.), Evers (Cubs), Huggins (hands at mouth), Joss (portrait), Keeler (bat), Marquard (port.), Mathewson (dark cap), McGinnity (American Beauty), McGraw (glove at hip, American Beauty), McGraw (no cap), Tinker (bat on), Walsh, Willis (throwing), and Young (port.). The backs are almost all Piedmont and Sweet Caporal but also included are a few American Beauty, two Tolstoi, and one Sovereign. 3) E95 Philadelphia Caramel (5 cards): Bender (Gd), Cicotte ("Black Sox," Pr), Collins (Fr), Lord (Gd), and Merkle (Pr-Fr); E98 Anonymous "Set of 30" (1 card): Brown (Pr-Fr). Tobacco cards in low- to mid-grade condition represent perhaps the best value among all vintage baseball cards. They don't cost a fortune but capture the spirit of the history of the game and collecting as well (some would argue better!) than more expensive higher-grade examples. This is a very substantial original-owner collection of tobacco cards from two of the 1910 era's most popular and classic sets. Total 254 cards (248 tobacco and 6 candy cards). Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000+.

SOLD FOR $6,463

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